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for the kids

From Habitat magazine - issue 23

Check out these cool ideas for the smaller family members.

Painted pirate ship mural
Ship shape
Toy blackboard buildings
Blackboard cities

1. Ship shape

Paint a chalkboard with Resene Blackboard Paint in the shape of a fat-bottomed pirate ship. The wall is Resene Dreamer, the flags are in Resene Dali, Resene Get Reddy, Resene Surfs Up and Resene Black White. The chair legs are in Resene Get Reddy and the seat is finished in Resene Aquaclear.

Props: Art, cushion and rug from Tea Pea; book stylist's own. Styled by Leigh Stockton.

2. Blackboard cities

Make these easy blackboard buildings using off-cuts of framing timber, shaped to resemble buildings then painted in Resene Blackboard Paint. The toy trolley in the background is made out of a crate with castors added, then painted with Resene Alabaster stripes, and spots in Resene Hi Jinx, Resene Pretty In Pink, Resene Blackout, Resene Spotlight and Resene Bellbottom Blue. Styled by Gem Adams.

3. Keeping the chaos away

As a mum to three young children and a busy work schedule, Annick Larkin's life is often hectic. In a bid to combat the chaos, she put her skills as a stylist to good use and came up with some great ideas for keeping her life, and those of her kids, well-organised. This backpack station keeps each child's school basics in one colour-coded place. Annick used Resene Scrumptious, Resene Niagara and Resene Honey Flower to personalise each section in her children's favourite colours. "Having a dedicated space where the kids can easily hang up their backpacks and jackets definitely helps keep the house tidy" says Annick; "and as part of their evening routine, bags get packed and put here for a quick and organised get away in the morning." To encourage her children to keep their bedrooms tidy and their books off the floor, Annick repurposed Ikea spice racks as bookshelves, painted them in Resene Renew, and tucked them into the dead space behind the bedroom doors.

Painted backpack wall storage
Wall mounted book shelf

Top tip... Pick up a copy of the Resene KidzColour range from your local Resene ColorShop for a collection of fun colours from pastels, to brights and metallics.

pictures: Bryce Charlton, Melanie Jenkins, Emma MacDonald

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